Protestant Chaplain (10 Month) The Claremont Colleges Services

  • 19 Apr 2022 3:32 PM
    Message # 12714568
    Alex Miller-Knaack (Administrator)

    Protestant Chaplain (10-Month Position)

    The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS) is the shared services organization for a highly regarded cluster of seven independent colleges known as The Claremont Colleges located in Southern California. Today, TCCS is a nationally recognized educational model for academic support, student support and institutional support services to meet the needs of 6,300 students and 2,300 faculty and staff. Some of the more than 30 different services include: campus safety, a central library, health and counseling services, cultural centers, central bookstore, physical plant and facilities support, payroll and accounting, information technology, real estate, risk management and employee benefits.

    TCCS is committed to offering a work environment that is supportive, collaborative, accountable and enjoyable. TCCS offers generous time off benefits, employer-paid retirement contributions, tuition remission benefits and professional development opportunities. Our employees also take advantage of discounted meals provided in the TCCS café, regular employee events and an opportunity to work with exceptional colleagues.

    NOTE TO APPLICANT: Please submit your resume and cover letter along with your application. You may submit both documents as one attachment in the My Experience section of the application under the "resume/CV" upload section, or as separate attachments. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to attach additional documents.

    Job Posting Title:

    Protestant Chaplain (10-Month Position)

    Job Description:

    Working independently, the Protestant Chaplain is part of the Interfaith Chaplaincy of The Claremont Colleges and serves the Protestant campus community through outreach, worship opportunities, pastoral counseling, community building, and facilitation of other programs, services, and events. The Protestant Chaplain will provide outreach to the ethnically and culturally diverse constituency of the Protestant community at The Claremont Colleges. As part of the egalitarian Chaplaincy team, the Protestant Chaplain will model mutual respect for diverse faith communities and assist with orientation trainings, collaborative programs, and other Chaplaincy events for the seven Claremont Colleges.

    Spiritual and Pastoral Support:

    • Advise/provide spiritual leadership, guidance, and support to all registered Protestant student clubs/groups as well as other non-protestant groups and TCC students as needed

    • Pastoral counseling for students


    • Weekly Protestant and Inter-Faith worship services

    • Direct Protestant and other religious and spiritual observances for religious holidays, convocations, Baccalaureate, commencements

    • Develop and assess programs and services which facilitate Protestant and intra/interfaith dialogue (including issues related to social justice, diverse faiths, cultural communities, and the integration of faith and academics among students, faculty and staff)

    • Provide engaging trainings for residence hall staff, student peer mentors and others as requested

    Community Development:

    • Initiate and maintain outreach and support for the diverse student populations of the Claremont Colleges

    • Bridge relationships and participate in activities with off-campus Protestant and other faith communities and their spiritual leaders

    Consortia Liaison:

    • Collaborate with various offices at TCC such as the Deans of Students, Faculty, Alumni, and Advancement


    • Meet regularly, collaborate, and supervise religious affiliates of the McAlister Center

    • Attend weekly staff meetings, participate on various community and campus committees, maintain a daily schedule, and routinely produce relevant reports that inform program effectiveness.

    • Respond to TCC community crises, emergencies, occasional memorial services; respond to requests from The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS) Vice President for Student Affairs and/or other TCCS Executive Officers

    • Assist in or contribute to the administration of the McAlister Center

    • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned or needed.

    Supervisory Responsibility

    • Number of Direct Reports: None

    • Title(s) of Direct Report(s): Not Applicable

    COVID Vaccination

    • Must provide evidence of complete COVID-19 vaccination within 30 calendar days of hire, unless a medical or religious accommodation or exemption is requested and granted.

    Required Work Hours: The regular hours for this full-time position are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. May be required to work holiday, weekend, and/or evening hours. Regular hours may vary due to needs of the organization or business unit.


    Required Qualifications: The following qualifications are required to perform the essential functions of this position, or the individual must be able to demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed (with or without reasonable accommodation) using other qualifications not listed below.

    Education: A master's degree in biblical studies, theology, church, history, divinity, or an equivalent.

    Experience: Five (5) years of professional ministry and/or leadership experience in a college, university, seminary, chaplaincy program, church, association, parachurch group, or its equivalent

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    • Excellent workshop, preaching, and teaching skills.

    • Excellent knowledge of the Christian tradition in general and Protestantism in particular in its U.S. and global diversity

    • Ability to engage in multi-faith and interfaith work.

    • Ability to read and understand the Bible.

    • Understanding of residential, liberal arts undergraduate and graduate institutions.

    • Commitment to social justice, diversity, and inclusion.

    • Commitment to working in an egalitarian consensus team model.

    • Advanced interpersonal skills, demonstrating an approachable personality, empathy, and exceptional listening skills.

    • Demonstrates maturity, tact, resiliency, and composure and sensitivity to others needs in difficult and unexpected situations.

    • Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with diverse individuals across multiple organizations.

    • Ability to balance advocacy while maintaining confidentiality.

    • Advanced public speaking and group facilitation skills.

    • Knowledge of best practices for campus-based religious and spiritual life programs and services.

    • Knowledge of and ability to practice the principles of leadership development and collaboration.

    • Fluent language skills in English, including the ability to write with proper grammar, spelling, and business etiquette.

    • Proven experience speaking to small and large diverse groups, preferably college-aged individuals.

    • Ability to be proactive, open-minded, and successful in a collaborative environment.

    • Ability to determine when to move forward independently and when to seek input or advice.

    • Ability to contribute effectively to the operations and culture of a large and diverse organizational structure.

    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Teams.


    Ordained and in good standing with a Protestant denomination, church, association, or a Protestant equivalent.

    Preferred Qualifications: The following qualifications are preferred:

    • Demonstrated experience with and commitment to social justice and diversity, including viewpoint diversity

    • Demonstrated experience in leadership and administration

    • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in principles of leadership development and principles of collaboration


    This job description defines the essential job duties of this position. The Claremont Colleges Services expects that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


    This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. When duties and responsibilities change and develop, The Claremont Colleges Services will review this job description and make changes of business necessity.

    Equal Opportunity Employer:

    TCCS is an equal opportunity employer. TCCS managers make employment decisions on the basis of merit, with the aim to have the best available person in every job. TCCS prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), gender (including gender identity and gender expression), national origin or ancestry, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), military or veteran status, and status with regard to public assistance, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. TCCS also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of these characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of these characteristics. All such discrimination is unlawful.

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